November 2020 production of containerboard for export decreased six percent compared to the same month last year; it was up 13 percent year-to-date.
The containerboard operating rate was 93.3 percent, essentially flat (-0.4 pts.) from November 2019 and up 2.5 points year-to-date.
Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of November increased 39,000 short tons from the previous month and were down 2,000 short tons compared to November 2019.
NOTE: Beginning in 2021, AF&PA will publish the Containerboard reports on a quarterly basis; the reports will still contain the monthly data. The first report with 2021 data will be published in April 2021.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.
The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $300 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states.